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Oil majors suffer massive losses in 2020

Oil majors suffer massive losses in 2020

At the worst of the crisis the two US oil majors considered another solution according to the Wall Street Journal — a merger that would have created a massive oil firm.

AFP: Last Updated: Feb 10, 2021, 10:53 PM IST Paris: Already under pressure due to climate change, the world’s top listed oil firms suffered historic losses in 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic sent demand and prices tumbling. The oil majors — BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell and Total — suffered $77 billion in losses for the year.

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden called 2020 an extraordinary year.

While much of the losses were accounting charges to record the drop in the value of their assets, the drop crude oil prices — which briefly turned negative in 2020 for the first time ever — caused real pain. read more

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Shell’s slow-burn evolution risks leaving investors cold

Shell’s slow-burn evolution risks leaving investors cold

The Sunday Telegraph: Sunday 7 February 2021. Business Section Page 6

Rival BP is powering ahead with it renewable future, but despite first-mover advantage the Anglo-Dutch giant is yet to map out a path to sustainable returns, finds Rachel Millard

Shell’s boss Ben van Beurden says he hopes he will travel less even after the pandemic is over, having found it “really valuable” to spend more time with his family during 2020.

“Life will be different – how big and how much is hard to say;” he told staff via the corporate website last month. read more

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Fact check: 9,000 Shell layoffs were announced prior to U.S. general election and Biden taking office

Fact check: 9,000 Shell layoffs were announced prior to U.S. general election and Biden taking office

By Reuters Staff: FEBRUARY 9, 2021

Posts circulating on Facebook claim that oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell will cut 9,000 jobs because of the Biden administration. Linking the move to Biden is misleading: the company announced plans to cut up to 9,000 positions in Sept. 2020 as part of efforts to shift to low-carbon energy and “simplify the company’s structure”, and the locations of the layoffs were not specified by a spokesperson for Shell, which operates in over 70 countries. read more

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Shell’s ‘Hard Look’ At Nigeria – All Bark No Bite

Shell’s ‘Hard Look’ At Nigeria – All Bark No Bite

Dilya Safine, CFA: Feb. 08, 2021 4:50 PM ET Royal Dutch Shell plc

Summary

  • Shell’s comments on its Q4 call about “taking a hard look” at its onshore Nigeria assets prompted concerns that it might look to exit the region.
  • I estimate that its onshore Nigerian assets to be worth at least 6% of its stock price, as well as the backbone for its offshore and LNG expansions.
  • I believe that Shell’s comments are aimed at achieving more favorable terms for its other contract negotiations. More details at its Analyst Day.

Q4 Earnings: Comments on Nigeria Raise Alarms

On its 4Q’20 earnings call, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden called the company’s Nigerian assets a “headache” and said it is time to “take a hard look” at the company’s operations in the country. He cited frequent incidents of oil theft and operational challenges in the Niger Delta, blaming the leaks that his company had been forced to clean and compensate for on pipeline sabotage. These comments raised alarms that Shell (NYSE:RDS.A)(NYSE:RDS.B) might look to exit the country, and the stock fell as a result. RDS is expected to provide additional detail on its operations during its Strategy Day this week. However, I believe that the company is unlikely to halt its operations in the region, as it would have a material impact on its valuation and impact other areas of its business, as I explain below. read more

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Big Oil’s future could be smaller than its past

Big Oil’s future could be smaller than its past

Paul Takahashi. 6, 2021

Oil companies have crisscrossed the world for more than a century, drilling on nearly every continent and in ever deeper oceans to prospect for fossil fuels that power the global economy.

While they did, the biggest six or seven companies collectively known as Big Oil reshaped international politics and economies, bending them to their will. Oil executives became statesmen in their own right, negotiating deals with foreign leaders to extract oil from the tar sands of Canada, the deserts of the Middle East, off the coasts of South America and Africa and in the shale formations of the U.S. read more

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Debt-laden oil majors retreat amid rally

Debt-laden oil majors retreat amid rally

Feb. 5, 2021Updated: Feb. 5, 2021 7:57 a.m. The wreckage of 2020 still looms large in the boardrooms of Big Oil as executives last week laid out deep spending cuts and plans to repay stubbornly-high debt even as crude rallies to the highest in more than a year.

Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday added itself to the growing list of supermajors to post disappointing fourth-quarter results. Like many of its peers, the Anglo-Dutch company reported weak cash flow and net income that fell short of expectations.

The earnings came as an unpleasant surprise to investors that had been expecting a tailwind after crude recovered from last year’s historic lows. But with Covid-19 lockdowns still depressing fuel sales and refining margins, the industry’s focus is on playing defense rather than on taking advantage of a rally that’s pushing Brent crude toward $60 a barrel. read more

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BP, Exxon And Shell – Giants Or Dinosaurs In The Making?

BP, Exxon And Shell – Giants Or Dinosaurs In The Making?

IAM Newswire: Thu, February 4, 2021, 4:31 PM

Chevron (NYSE: CVX) kicked off the earnings season last Friday, disappointing Wall Street with its third straight quarterly loss and showing just how brutal the oil price war was.

This week, Exxon Mobile Corporation (NYSE: XOM) and BP p.l.c. (NYSE: BP) this Tuesday. Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-A)(NYSE: RDS-B) took Thursday’s stage and Total (NYSE: TOT) will report on February 9th. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell sees huge loss as pandemic hits oil demand

Royal Dutch Shell sees huge loss as pandemic hits oil demand

Shell announced that up to 9,000 jobs would go worldwide as the company responded to the effects of the pandemic.

Thu, February 4, 2021, 10:20 AM

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell sank to a net loss of $21.7bn (£16bn) last year after the coronavirus pandemic caused demand to slump.

The announcement comes after two of its rivals, BP and Exxon, posted similar big losses.

Looking ahead, Shell said “significant uncertainty” would continue to have a negative impact on demand for oil and gas products. read more

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Shell’s profit slumps in 2020 as the pandemic bites

Shell’s profit slumps in 2020 as the pandemic bites

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell’s profit last year dropped to its lowest in at least two decades as the coronavirus pandemic hit energy demand worldwide though the company’s retail network and trading business helped cushion the blow.

The Anglo-Dutch oil major’s annual profit slumped 71% to $4.8 billion as its oil and gas production and profits from refining crude into fuels dropped sharply.

In a sign of confidence, however, Shell said it planned to raise its dividend in the first quarter of 2021, which would be the second slight increase since its slashed its payout by two-thirds at the start of last year due to the pandemic. read more

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Oil giant Shell to axe 330 UK jobs due to covid restrictions – with thousands more to follow

Oil giant Shell to axe 330 UK jobs due to covid restrictions – with thousands more to follow

The move forms part of 9,000 jobs set to be axed across the business over the next two years following a collapse in demand for oil due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

BY Emma Munbodh: Deputy Money Editor
  • 13:31, 12 JAN 2021
  • UPDATED14:45, 12 JAN 2021

As well as cutting costs, Shell says it wants to be a net-zero emissions energy company by 2050

Shell is preparing to cut 330 UK jobs over the next two years as coronavirus continues to hit profits.

The oil giant said it plans to shed a quarter of its workforce in Aberdeen by December 2022. read more

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Shell to lay off nearly 700 workers in Louisiana after refinery closes

Shell to lay off nearly 700 workers in Louisiana after refinery closes

Jan. 4, 2021 Updated: Jan. 4, 2021 8:46 a.m. Royal Dutch Shell will lay off 698 workers as it closes its Convent refinery in Louisiana, part of a company effort to reduce carbon emissions.

The layoffs will begin in March and be completed by the end of August when the plant closes, according to information filed with the Louisiana workforce commission last month.

“The decision is part of the company’s global strategy to invest in a core set of uniquely integrated manufacturing sites that are also strategically positioned for the transition to a low-carbon future,” the Hague-based company said in November, when it began shutting down the refinery after failing to find a buyer for it. read more

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Questor: profit warnings, dividend cut and share price fall – Shell has all a contrarian could want

Questor: profit warnings, dividend cut and share price fall – Shell has all a contrarian could want

Questor share tip: oil stocks have been laid low by the slump in crude prices – but such weakness sows the seeds of its own demise

EXTRACTS A trading alert released just before the Christmas break capped a torrid year for Royal Dutch Shell and left shareholders with a quandary.

After all, here we have a company that has issued profit warnings, seen the price of its core products collapse, cut its dividend for the first time in several decades and suffered a share price plunge. What is not to like, from the point of view of a dyed-in-the-wool contrarian?  read more

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Shell Crown Prince: ‘We must show more predictable financial results’

Translation of an article published by the Dutch financial newspaper, the FD. 

Shell Crown Prince: ‘We must show more predictable financial results’

Shell has had a bad year. The global corona pandemic left a huge hole in the financial results. The oil and gas multinational had to write off more than $20 billion on oil and gas fields and announced it would cut thousands of jobs.

Bert van Dijk 31 Dec ’20

Huibert Vigeveno is in charge of all Shell refineries and petrol stations. These will play a key role in the coming years, expects the 51-year-old Dutchman, tipped as a successor to Shell CEO Ben van Beurden. About CO₂ emissions: ‘There is often a gap between what a company promises and what it actually does. With us it is the other way around. ‘ read more

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2020 Was One of the Worst-Ever Years for Oil Write-Downs

2020 Was One of the Worst-Ever Years for Oil Write-Downs

Royal Dutch Shell’s Prelude floating facility has struggled to deliver income. PHOTO: ROYAL DUTCH SHELL AUSTRALIA/REUTERS

By Collin Eaton and Sarah McFarlane: Dec. 27, 2020 9:00 am ET

The pandemic has triggered the largest revision to the value of the oil industry’s assets in at least a decade, as companies sour on costly projects amid the prospect of low prices for years.

Oil-and-gas companies in North America and Europe wrote down roughly $145 billion combined in the first three quarters of 2020, the most for that nine-month period since at least 2010, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. That total significantly surpassed write-downs taken over the same periods in 2015 and 2016, during the last oil bust, and is equivalent to roughly 10% of the companies’ collective market value. read more

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Shell says assets could be worth $22bn less as Covid hits oil demand

Shell says assets could be worth $22bn less as Covid hits oil demand

Extracts

The oil company ended any hopes for a brighter end to 2020 for shareholders with the announcement of another write-down. Shell blamed the move on the weaker outlook for global oil demand owing to coronavirus restrictions on travel and poor economic growth.

It also said the fourth-quarter results for its oil products division, due in early February, would be significantly lower compared with the third quarter. read more

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Shell’s warning signals pain not yet over for oil majors

Shell’s warning signals pain not yet over for oil majors

Dec. 21, 2020 12:45 PM ETRoyal Dutch Shell plc (RDS.A)By: Carl SurranSA News Editor17 Comments

  • Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDS.A -5.7%) update, saying it expects to write down the value of its assets by as much as $4.5B and warning of another set of poor earnings in Q4, is the first indication of another tough quarter for oil and gas producers that continue to struggle with weak demand as COVID-19 lockdowns hit economies hard.
  • Shell says its oil and gas production business should report a third straight quarterly loss while Q4 results from its trading operations – a bright spot earlier in the pandemic amid volatile oil prices – would come in “significantly lower” than in Q3.
  • The S&P energy sector (XLE -3.8%) is today’s worst market performer, and Big Oil names are getting trounced but have moved off day’s lows: XOM -2.9%CVX -1.9%BP -5.7%.
  • “The indicative guidance looks disappointing, particularly in the context of the strong run Shell has had in recent weeks,” RBC analyst Biraj Borkhataria says.
  • Cowen analysts maintain their Buy rating and $41 price target for Shell shares, as the reduced cash flow outlook is offset by today’s announced divestment, and as such the analysts retain their outlook that debt will hit target levels around year-end 2021 to enable buybacks in 2022.
  • Shell says the anticipated $3.5B-$4.5B writedown includes an impairment of its Appomattox deepwater oil and gas project in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as charges related to its refining operations and onerous gas contracts.
  • The latest writedown follows Shell’s $16.8B writedown in Q2 and a sharp cut in its price outlook.
  • read more

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